LIBERIA: SLJ Urges Government to End Brutalities Against Journalists

As journalists around the world observe this year’s World Press Freedom Day, May 3, 2020, an advocacy group of Liberian journalists, the Society of Liberian Journalists (SLJ), is calling on the Liberian Government to speedily bring to an end brutality against journalist as they professionally carryout their reportorial duties across the country.

According to a press release issued in Monrovia today by the SLJ Secretariat, also urged the Liberian Government to pay media bills in hundreds of United States Dollars rendered over the years, stressing, “The media over the year has been financially strangulated due to the lack of interest on the part of the government to settle its financial obligation with the media,” the release noted.

The press release concluding said, “The SLJ is urging President Weah and his government to end  brutality against journalists and see how best all bills media institutions are paid, and further show more tolerance towards freedom of expression,”  the release added.

Meanwhile SLJ salutes journalists and media workers who are risking their lives and endangering the safety of families to report varify truthful information that have become needful against harmful public health disinformation and misinformation.

Also, SLJ implores the authorities and telecommunications companies to suspend data caps and offer free Wi-Fi access to professional journalists and health workers during the lockdown period.

SLJ considers unlimited mobile data as basic human rights and this is even more so during this period of global health pandemic.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.